Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation Options

Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation Options

In Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, you could not switch between the Server Core and Server With A GUI options, post-installation. If you chose to install Server with a GUI (called Full Installation in 2008/2008R2) or Server Core, you were stuck with your choice, as there were no means to convert between the two different options, post-installation.   With Windows Server 2012 and later, Microsoft added support for post-installation conversion between […]

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Configuring NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2

Configuring NIC Teaming in Server 2012 R2

By utilizing NIC Teaming, also known as load balancing and failover (LBFO), you can combine multiple network interface adapters to create a single logical NIC to provide fault tolerance or bandwidth aggregation for your network connections. Adapters that are members of a NIC team each maintain their own separate physical existence and each connect to separate network cables.   Prior to Windows Server 2012, NIC Teaming was available only through the use of 3rd party […]

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Fine-Grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2012 R2

Fine-Grained Password Policies in Server 2012 R2

The fine-grained password policies feature was introduced in Windows Server 2008. It allowed organizations to define more than one password and account lockout policy in a single domain, and apply those policies to different sets of users. Prior to Windows Server 2012, you had to use PowerShell, ADSI Edit or the Ldifde command-line utility to create the Password Settings Objects that are used to define fine-grained password policies. But in Server 2012 […]

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Exporting multivalued attributes with Export-CSV cmdlet

Exporting multivalued attributes with Export-CSV

In the previous blog post we looked at how to retrieve values of user properties/attributes from Active Directory. We briefly even touched on how to retrieve group membership of users, and how to output this information in different formats, such as the distinguished name or the common name of the groups. In this blog post we will look at how to work with multivalued attributes. As was evident in the previous blog […]

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Retrieving User properties from Active Directory

Retrieve User properties from AD

A PowerShell module for Active Directory was released with PowerShell 2.0, the version that shipped with Server 2008 R2. This module includes several cmdlets that let you work directly with Active Directory objects. In this blog post, we will look at retrieving user properties and attributes from Active Directory, with the Get-Aduser cmdlet. We will also look at how to present them in a clean and tidy format in Microsoft Excel. We […]

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Configuring Remote Desktop Services Profile settings for users

Configure RDS User Profile Settings for Users

A user profile describes the configuration for a specific user, including the user’s environment and preference settings. You can specify a Remote Desktop Services-specific profile path and home folder for a user connecting to a Remote Desktop Session Host server. This profile and home folder will obviously only be used, when you connect to a server through Remote Desktop Services. In this blog post we will look at a couple of ways […]

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Fine-Grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2008 R2

Fine-Grained Password Policies in Server 2008 R2

Before Windows Server 2008, organizations had to rely on third-party products to define different password and account lockout policies for different sets of users in a domain. In Server 2000 and 2003, there could be only one password and account lockout policy in a domain, and it was specified in the Default Domain Policy, unless third-party products were utilized. In Windows Server 2008 and newer, organizations can define more than one password […]

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Windows 7 Password Expiry Email Notification

Windows 7 Password Expiry Email Notification

In Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003, you would get a notification at logon when (by default) 14 days remained until your Active Directory user’s password expired. In Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft has changed this feature. Now you don’t get this notification at logon, but rather after you have logged on. And the notification is less intrusive, as you only see it for a few seconds in the […]

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How to check if a machine is physical or virtual

How to check if a machine is physical or virtual

If you connect to a remote machine through remote desktop protocol, you might not always know whether that machine is virtual or physical. If you would like to find out whether the machine you have connected to is virtual or physical, there are several ways to go about that. 1. Check System Tray The quickest method is to check in the system tray, usually you will find an icon for the utilities the […]

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